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7 Effective CSR Programs That Produce Results

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become an essential component of business over the past decade. More and more companies are feeling the pressure to implement some type of social responsibility initiative. CSR means different things to different companies, but generally each CSR program will fall under one of the following seven categories outlined below.


1.) General Donations

Making monetary donations to deserving causes is the most basic and most common form of corporate social responsibility. Corporations have a few different options when it comes to how and when they want to donate depending upon what works best for them. Some choose to pledge a percentage of their earnings each year to various charitable causes; others choose to partner with a specific nonprofit, while other organizations take donation requests from all nonprofits who submit a need and decide how to allocate their charitable funds based on those inquiries.

2.) In-Kind Giving 

Instead of giving money to organizations to buy needed goods and services, the goods and services themselves can be donated as gifts in kind.

Our innovative software platform allows all giving initiatives to be tracked in one central location. Our polished, concise, and user-friendly system is designed to guide you through the item donation management process and streamline each step. Once you have created and embedded your custom item donation request form onto your website, organizations can submit charitable donation requests online. 

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3.) Grants, Scholarships, and Sponsorships

Setting up a program to award deserving organizations or individuals with grants, scholarships, or sponsorships is another common CSR practice. However, this is yet another corporate giving program that can become extremely time consuming without a comprehensive management tool.

Our applications are branded to fit seamlessly into your website, or they can be sent as a link to predetermined benefactors. Applicants can easily edit, save, and submit their completed forms, and they can independently check the status of their applications online. The user-friendly platform is designed to provide both applicants and reviewers with a hassle-free experience.

4.) Disaster Relief

When disaster hits a community, many companies choose to take action by supporting the victims with their own fundraising efforts. Responding to a crisis as a corporate community accelerates the gift matching process by eliminating the validation step, and it lets your employees keep their identities private if they wish to donate anonymously.

In the unfortunate circumstance of an unexpected tragedy, our platform can equip you with the ability to implement a disaster relief program in less than 24 hours. Templates are provided to easily create donation sites that can be embedded on your website or shared via hyperlink, allowing employees to contribute with a credit card. With the added flexibility to choose how to disburse the funds collected, you can be confident your contributions are going to the most productive and responsive relief initiatives.

5.) Employee Volunteer Programs

Creating opportunities and incentives for employees to volunteer is a proven way to increase morale and engagement. Many companies are now adding "volunteer days" to their PTO packages to encourage employees to give back without sacrificing time off. Other companies create incentive by offering extra PTO days after a certain number of volunteer hours are logged. According to a recent study published on charities.org, people who volunteer report that they feel better emotionally, mentally, and physically. The same study revealed that employers find that volunteering employees are less stressed, more engaged, and are developing important work and “people” skills.

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Our software will give your employees the opportunity to easily create and submit new events (pending approval), register for company sponsored events, and participate in your key community programs by completing a simple online form found in their personal employee giving portal account.

6.) Matching Gifts  

A matching gifts program allows employees' monetary donations toward eligible nonprofit organizations to be matched by their employer. Many companies have a threshold for how much they will match. Some programs will also require a minimum dollar amount from an employee in order for their donation to be matched. For example, Company A may require a donation of at least $250 and no more than $1,000 in order to receive a matching gift. Alternatively, Company B may have no minimum requirement and have various matching gifts thresholds based on employee levels. Some companies will even merge their matching gifts programs with their employee volunteer programs by matching fundraising dollars. 

DonationXchange allows employees to submit charitable gifts to causes of their choice directly through the system via credit card, e-check, or payroll deduction. Records of gifts external to the system can also be easily uploaded in digital receipt form or manually entered after the donation recipient validates the gift.

7.) Dollars for Doers

Dollars for Doers—also known as volunteer grant programs—allow employees to earn monetary grants from their company for volunteer hours. Generally, an employee volunteers for a certain number of hours per year, and they are able to receive a grant, up to a certain amount, to go towards a nonprofit organization of either the company or the employee's choosing. Some companies may structure the program on an hourly basis instead, allowing employees to earn a specific dollar amount for every hour they volunteer.

Our platform will allow you to reward and motivate your employees by implementing Dollars for Doers programs online. As employees complete volunteer hours, they can use an online portal to log their hours towards an administrator-authorized award goal. Administrators can then communicate directly with the charities to verify service hours.

Businesses receive requests for donations every day, and managing all those requests can be overwhelming and time consuming. We can streamline all of your donation processes so that you can easily manage the donation request fulfillment life cycles from start to finish.

Many companies choose to leverage multiple CSR programs in order to encourage more philanthropy and increase engagement in the workplace. Whatever combination of programs is right for you company, DonationXchange has the technology to help you manage them all with ease.

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